SIKESTON - Recent rains of the last week have caused serious damage to the cotton crop of the area. From 40-75 percent of it will have to be replanted in Scott County, according to a survey made by Joe Caldwell over the past weekend.
CHARLESTON - A request from the East Prairie R-2 Board of Education for a board of arbitration on its boundary dispute with the Charleston R-1 District is pending before the State Board of Education in Jefferson City.
SIKESTON - Sikeston's Bulldogs are the district high school baseball champs. The Dogs, while coasting on right-hander Gary Stallings' three-hit, shutout hurling, stung the North Pemiscot Mustangs in seven innings, 2-0. The game was played under the bright sun at the local VFW stadium yesterday.
SIKESTON - Upon recommendation of Director of Public Safety Dan Hinton and City Manager Bob Knabel, the City Council approved a public safety reorganizational plan Monday night. The recently completed DPS organizational management and staffing evaluation conducted by Long and Associates of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the amount of $12,797, called for reorganization of the department's main division. The new structures are meant to streamline the organization through more effective placement of functions and better reporting relationships, the city staff contend.
FISK - Train cars containing a flammable gas derailed Sunday evening in Stoddard County. Union Pacific officials are still looking into the cause of a derailment at 10:45 p.m. Sunday near Ives. The 76-car train, traveling between Indianapolis and Houston, had 15 cars go off the track.
CHAFFEE - Two possible tornado sightings were reported to the Scott County Sheriff's Department at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday. One was reported in Chaffee where high winds toppled trees and several small backyard sheds. Another was reported sighted on Highway 61 near Blissett Temple.